On July 9th USSA and the Minnesota-based Elk River Sportsman Club held their inaugural free outdoor sporting event for youth with disabilities, life-threatening illnesses, and their siblings. Enthusiastic families traveled as far away as Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, to participate in the event.
The day began with Jackie Fallon and other members from the Minnesota Falconers Association teaching the families about falcons. They had two types of falcons and many beautiful pictures on exhibit. It was very informational and enjoyed by all.
Archery shoot and the gun range were next; for many children, it was their first time experience. They traveled back and forth on a trailer with hay bales, bringing out the inner kid, even in the parents. There were also trap shooting opportunities, and it was inspiring to see kids and even a mother trying her luck at shooting clay pigeons. The event ended with a delicious lunch while family and volunteers shared their experiences.
President of the club, Bob White, said, “The event ran smoothly and well organized. The archery seemed a big hit, with many kids thrilled to shoot a bow for the first time. They were initially nervous, but it didn’t take long, and they had big smiles. Seeing the kids happy and enjoying themselves was the best part.”
When sportsman clubs and organizations with the same mission and vision work together, it strengthens our Second Amendment rights and is an ambassador for the sport we all love.
Many thanks to the Elk River Sportsman Club members for volunteering their time and donating their facility. Also, the Minnesota Falconers Association and Robinson Fresh, and USSA donors. Finally, shout out to Terry and Tina Schreifels and Jon and Jenny Schroeder for mainstreaming the event. God bless!
If you know of a deserving child who would like to attend the 2023 event, please contact United Special Sportsman Alliance.